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Eternity, Immutability, and Omniscience

Paul Helm

in Eternal God

Second edition

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199590391
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595516 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590391.003.0005
Eternity, Immutability, and Omniscience

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Omniscience and indexicality of various types are discussed. Can an immutable God know what is happening to me? The indexicality objection to timeless omniscience is reduced to absurdity. Indexicality and facts. What counts as the same fact? Co-reporting and the paradox of perfection. The objection from personal indexicals once more. God's supposed temporality and omniscience: are these logically compatible? Arguments against the consistency of divine personality and immutability considered. The consistency of eternity, immutability and omniscience is defended. Omniscience and the problem of human freedom. The possibility of trading off the ways in which God's omniscience may be expressed against the compatibility of omniscience and human freedom is considered.

Keywords: immutability; omniscience; indexicality; facts; human freedom

Chapter.  7828 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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